A fun take on Beauty & the Beast! Gerard’s Beauty #review

November 29, 2016 Reviews 8

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
A fun take on Beauty & the Beast! Gerard’s Beauty #reviewGerard's Beauty by Marie Hall
Series: Kingdom #2
Published by Independent on October 28, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy
Pages: 188
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

A not so classic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, as seen through the eyes of the villain...

Betty Hart has had it with men. Jilted in love, her life now consists of shelving books by day, watching too much Anime by night, and occasionally dressing up like a superhero on the weekends with her fellow ‘Bleeding Heart’ nerds. Men are not welcome and very much unwanted. Especially the sexy Frenchman who saunters into her library reeking of alcohol and looking like he went one too many rounds in the ring.

Gerard Caron is in trouble. Again. Caught with his pants down (literally) he’s forced to seek asylum on Earth while his fairy godmother tries to keep Prince Charming from going all ‘Off with his head’. Maybe, messing around with the King’s daughter hadn’t been such a great idea after all, not that Gerard knew the silly redhead was a princess. But his fairy godmother knows the only way to save his life is to finally pair Gerard with his perfect mate, whether he’s willing or not.

From the moment Gerard lays eyes on the nerdy librarian he knows he must have her, but Betty is unlike any woman he’s ever known. He thought Betty would come as willingly to his bed as every other woman before her, but she is a woman who demands respect and even… horror of all horrors… love. Is it possible for a self-proclaimed Casanova to change his ways?

So I haven’t completely fallen in love with the Kingdom books by Marie Hall, like I have everything else I’ve read by her. However, I believe these earlier ones were some of her first published books and I really think she’s grown as an author. That being said, Gerard’s Beauty was a fun take on the Beauty and the Beast story – once I stopped rolling my eyes I got caught up in the romance and had a blast.

First with eye rolling bits – I had two BIG problems. First off, and this is the biggest issue – there is NO SCENARIO where I believe that any intelligent woman would bring a man that appears to be homeless, fresh from a bar fight and has camped outside her place of work to her home. I don’t care how gorgeous he is, she wouldn’t do it. Would she, if kind hearted, do what she could to get him help? Absolutely! But put herself at risk in the process? No. I just can’t believe it.

My other biggish complaint – why would Danika (the fairy godmother) drop Gerard outside the library without money, ID… Some way of integrating into earth society? Because, as I’ve just said above, under no circumstances would a girl take him home the way Danika left him. She sent him in with no hope. Good thing this is a fairy tale or he’d have been screwed!

That being said, once I was willing to suspend reality a bit, I had a blast with this. I just love the way Marie Hall crafts characters – I always get so close and attached to them – and Gerard’s Beauty was no exception. A neat surprise was that the sexiness was at an all time low for Marie Hall – it was there in lots of ways, but not in the way I’m used to, which was cool. I can’t explain more without spoilers, but it really gave a neat dimension to their relationship.

I enjoy these quick fairytale romances and I’m looking forward to reading the next one as part of my August #2015HW.Note: As you can probably guess from this last comment, I read and wrote this review last summer. I never did get to book 3…hope to someday soonish.

3.5 stars pretty good

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About Marie Hall

Marie loves books that make you think, or feel something. Preferably both. And while she’s a total girly girl and loves glitter and rainbows, she’s just as happy when she’s writing about the dark underbelly of society. Well, if things like zombies, and vampires, and werewolves, and mermaids existed. (Although she has it on good authority that mermaids do in fact exist, because the internet told her so.)
She’s married to the love of her life, a sexy beast of a caveman who likes to refer to himself as Big Hunk. She has two awesome kids, lives in Hawaii, loves cooking and occasionally has been known to crochet.

She loves to hear from her readers and can be reached at mariehallwrites@gmail.com!


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8 Responses to “A fun take on Beauty & the Beast! Gerard’s Beauty #review”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    This is part of the series that starts with Mad Hatter, right? That’s the only book from Marie Hall I’ve read so far although I own more than a few! 😉 I’ll get to them all sometime. I had hoped to read at least one during OctobeRecFest but I just didn’t get there. Anyway, you have my curious about this one despite your issues with it. And they are BIG issues. Sometimes authors ask way too much in suspending our disbelief. 😉 I’m glad you ended up enjoying it and got attached to the characters. That says a lot.
    Enjoy your day!! {{{hugs}}}
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    • Berls

      Crazy right?! I struggle because I feel like there had to be a way to write the story without making the female make these stupid decisions!

    • Berls

      This is definitely a grown up series and from one of my favorite authors. I suspect the series will get much better in the later books, since these first ones were her first books too.

    • Berls

      I think you might really like this series Felicia – Marie Hall has an interesting voice 🙂

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